Plano Police Department made three recent arrests relating to bank jugging incidents in August 2022. The suspects were sentenced to 10-20 years.
In August 2022, three incidents of bank jugging occurred in Plano and Dallas. Bank jugging refers to when suspects watch a person enter or leave a bank or ATM and burglarize their vehicle or rob the person as they return from the bank.
These events can escalate to violence. In the one incident, an older person was dragged by a car. In a second, a victim’s car window was smashed. In a third, a victim was attacked in his garage after being followed home from the bank.
Following these incidents, Plano PD’s investigative teams find similar incidences in other Texas cities, leading to the arrest of several offenders caught in the act of jugging-related crimes, according to a press release.
The suspects were traced back to Houston, where Plano PD’s intel unit, U.S. Marshals and Houston PD cooperated with Detective Aaron Benzick to arrest the suspects.
“Our crime analysis team played a significant role in solving the case,” a press release said. “Despite the perpetrators using stolen license plates on their vehicle, our sleuthing skills ensured that they were brought to justice.”
Kristan Jackson was sentenced to 20 years at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while Kedric and Curtis Davis were sentenced to 10 years.
To prevent jugging incidents, Plano PD recommends these precautions when visiting a bank:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
- Watch for occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with a clear view of the front doors of the bank.
- Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
- Vehicles with no front license plate.
- Vehicles arriving at the bank with no occupants entering the bank.
- Some juggers will stand near the front doors or go inside of the bank to watch customers while on the phone with someone in a vehicle outside.
- If you see suspicious activity at the bank, call the police.
- Conceal any cash prior to leaving the bank.
- Lock your doors when you get in the car.
- Juggers will follow the potential victim in the parking lot. They may not use more than one vehicle.
- Switch up your route (make several turns)
- Do not leave cash in your car.
- If you think you are being watched or followed, drive to a police station, call 911 and do not drive home.